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Guide to the Samuel R. Delany, Jr. (“Chip”) Correspondence MSS.462

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Samuel R. Delany, Jr., “Chip,” (1942- ) is an award-winning African American writer, editor, professor, and literary critic. His work includes fiction (especially science fiction), memoir, literary criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. Raised in Harlem, he attended the Dalton School, the Bronx High School of Science, and the City College of New York. He published his first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, in 1962 at the age of 20. In the 1970s, his work increasingly included sexual themes and content concerning gender dynamics. Following the release and acclaim of  Dhalgren in 1975, Delany focused much of his work on science fiction and literary criticism. Since 1988, he has held professorships at numerous colleges and universities until his retirement in 2015. In addition to his novels, short stories, and other critical works, Delany has published several autobiographical or semi-autobiographical accounts of his life as a black, gay writer, including his Hugo award winning autobiography,  The Motion of Light in Water. He has published over 40 works.


“Samuel R. Delany,” The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (December 11, 2012)

Mary Wainwright, “Samuel R. Delany, Jr., 1942-,” Contemporary Black Biography, (1995)